Six Tools for Starting a New Job with Confidence

Raison d'Etre's Nikos Kouremenos shares some tips on how to start a new job with confidence. // Photo Credit: seb_ra/iStock/Getty Images Plus (seb_ra/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Although spa positions are not considered typical corporate office jobs, that doesn't mean they come without stress and anxiety. The fact of the matter is is that everyone faces stressors in the work place, and even more so when starting a new job. Say you’ve gotten through the assessments and interviews and you've landed a new job—fantastic! But as your first day approaches, you will want to stop anxiety and self-doubt creeping in so you can start the way you mean to carry on: with confidence. With a little preparation, your first few days in a new role can be memorable for all the right reasons. Here are some top tips on how to start your new job with confidence:

  • Do your homework. Being prepared means finding out all you can about the company you are joining. It’s important to try and identify their core values and learn what is important to them and what they are looking for, specifically for your position and department.
  • Be totally familiar with your job description and responsibilities so you know exactly what is expected of you. If you are offered an induction before you officially start, use it as an opportunity to learn all you can about your role. This will enable you to fit in quickly when you actually start your job and not have to take up too much valuable time of your colleagues, asking them to show and teach you. This will not only help you but also show the company that you are very keen to be on top of things and functioning at the same speed as your more experienced colleagues right from the start.
  • Speak to as many people as possible. This will help you understand everyone else’s role and the structure of the company. Smile and be friendly. It will help you get to know your colleagues, make friends and socialize, and find your way around both on a personal level as well as a professional level. 
  • Be open to change. Everything will probably be new to you, which can be a little scary at first, but embrace the change and be as open minded as you can. Instead of sticking to familiar methods of working and continuing with your old habits, take every opportunity to learn new ways. Before you know it, the role will be second nature to you.
  • Show off your skills.  Don’t be afraid to use your previous experience and show what you know where appropriate. It could be worth taking a short course to develop specific skills that will help you in your new role. At Spa Business Education, we offer a range of online courses to specifically enhance your capabilities in several key areas including management, leadership, finance and marketing. 
  • Remember that they chose you! Out of all the applicants, they decided you were the best person for the job. Your employers have faith in you and want you to succeed. Brush aside those feelings of uncertainty and show them why they made the right decision.

About the Author: Nikos Kouremenos is the education and project manager at Raison d'Etre spa consultancy services. Contact Nikos at [email protected]. Visit for more info.


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